PITTSFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - We’re following breaking news out of Berkshire County, where the search for an escaped prisoner is in its second day.
The 33-year-old got away from an officer while being treated at a hospital in Pittsfield.
During the briefing, Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler was joined by a team of investigators, as he clarified a lot of the details leading up to the inmates escape.
Harry Chandler, Jr. escaped on Monday around 2:00 p.m. from the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he has been treated for an injury since last Wednesday.
Sheriff Bowler says, at the time, Chandler was in the process of changing from his hospital clothing to his prison clothing.Western mass news was told there was only one officer was with him, and that he was not wearing handcuffs or shackles, and, at the time of his escape, Chandler was wearing orange pants, but no shirt or shoes.
At this time authorities do not believe he is armed, but he could be dangerous.
"We do believe he has some assaultive behavior, but he is obviously a concern for us and we hope to apprehend him as soon as possible," Sheriff Bowler tells us.Sheriff Bowler says Chandler assaulted the officer before he ran away, and he believes Chandler is still in the Pittsfield area, but he may have removed his mustache and goatee.
Sheriff Bowler encourages the public not to approach Chandler if they see him, but to immediately call police.
Between the Sheriff’s office, State Police, the Berkshire County District Attorney’s office, and the Pittsfield Police Department, they have roughly fifty officers in the field searching for Chandler and following up on leads.